Advocate All-Area top track stars

Track athletes of the year: Alexa Valenzuela, senior, Refugio; and Kevin Baez, senior, Industrial. Field athletes of the year: Amaya Brown, senior, Goliad; and Ty Love, junior, Yoakum.

Female Track Athlete of the Year

Saturday track and field

Refugio’s Alexa Valenzuela claims her second gold medal of the day with a leap in the Class 4A girls triple jump at the UIL state track and field meet in Austin. Valenzuela also earned first place in the long jump.

Alexa Valenzuela, sr., Refugio

  • Competed in four state meets
  • Won gold medals this year at the state meet in the Class 2A long jump, triple jump, 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash
  • Won 13 overall medals at the state meet – 11 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Will attend Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Male Track Athlete of the Year

Kevin Baez

Industrial’s Kevin Baez won his second consecutive Class 3A state cross country title in Round Rock.

Kevin Baez, sr., Industrial

  • Competed in four state meets
  • Won a gold medal this year at the state meet in the Class 3A 3,200-meter run and a bronze medal in the 1,600-meter run
  • Won 3 overall medals at the state meet – 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Will attend Tarleton State University

Female Field Athlete of the Year

Goliad's Brown wins two gold medals at state meet

Goliad’s Amaya Brown leaps to a gold medal in the Class 3A girls triple jump Friday at the UIL state track and field meet in Austin.

Amaya Brown, sr., Goliad

  • Competed in four state meets
  • Won a gold medal this year at the state meet in the Class 3A long jump and triple jump
  • Won 5 overall medals at the state meet – 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
  • Will attend Texas State University

Male Field Athlete of the Year

Calhoun hosts first area meet

Yoakum’s Ty Love leads the field in the 400 meter during the Calhoun Relays Thursday at Sandcrab Stadium.

Ty Love, jr., Yoakum

  • Won gold medal this year at the state meet in the Class 3A triple jump
  • Also competed in the 200-meter dash at the state meet
  • Won the triple jump at every meet he competed in this season

Relay Team of the Year

Shiner relay team

Shiner's Devin Lenhert, jr.; Trevor Haynes, so.; Zane Rhodes, so.; Donyai Taylor, jr.

Shiner boys

  • Won gold medals this year at the state meet in the Class 2A 400-meter and 800-meter relays
  • Team members: Devin Lenhert, jr.; Trevor Haynes, so.; Zane Rhodes, so.; Donyai Taylor, jr.

Female Newcomer of the Year

Reagan Johnson

Karnes City's Reagan Johnson

Reagan Johnson, fr., Karnes City

  • Captured silver medal this year at the state meet in the Class 3A 300-meter hurdles

Male Newcomer of the Year

Saturday track and field

Woodsboro’s Anthony Meacham springs himself over the bar in the Class 2A boys pole vault Saturday at the UIL state track and field meet in Austin.

Anthony Meacham, fr., Woodsboro

  • Won gold medal this year at the state meet in the Class 3A pole vault

Coach of the Year

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Katie Green

Katie Green, Refugio

  • Led the Refugio girls to a second-place finish in Class 2A this year at the state meet with 56 points.

UIL State Meet Qualifiers

Girls

Class 5A: Calhoun, Emme O’Donnell.

Class 4A: El Campo, Jackesha Nichols; Gonzales, Devon Williams; Beeville, Allie Estrada; Cuero, Kiondra Hargrove, Loren Washington, Riquel Joubert, Ibree Coe, Mackenzie Blain.

Class 3A: Goliad: Amaya Brown, Ellie Albrecht, Ashlyn Davis; Yoakum, Ashley Taylor; Rice Consolidated: Brinlee Freeman, Jalayaha Johnson, Lauren Scott, Alaiyza Jones, Kyana Hailey; Karnes City, Reagan Johnson.

Class 2A: Refugio, Alexa Valenzuela, Jai’lin King, Tracelyn Ross, Kierra Clark; Woodsboro, Skylar Hall, Bella Coscetti; Weimar, Amy Wick, Malarie Mican, Madison Chester, Julia Prewitt, Camille Garcia; Yorktown, Kailey Sinast; Flatonia, Jessica Pope; Shiner, Carley Hewig, Kaliyah Murphy, Kyondra Miller, Kiley Machalec.

Class 1A: Moulton, Erin Blaschke.

Boys

Class 4A: Bay City, Dayton Robinson, Johnathan Smith; Cuero, Trey Moore; El Campo, Philip Hundl; Gonzales, Antonio Hernandez.

Class 3A: Van Vleck, De’Mitri Monroe; Rice Consolidated, Connor Schulman, Ke’von Sims, Christian Tovar; Industrial, Kevin Baez; Edna, Christian Gomez; Yoakum, Blake Gordon, Ty Love; Goliad, Dontavion Clay, Chris Torres, Rocky Morris, Cutler Zamzow, Shaun Justice; Tidehaven, Kylan Sardinea.

Class 2A: Woodsboro, Anthony Meacham, Garrett Burns; Falls City, Brady Lyssy; Shiner: Devin Lenhert, Trevor Haynes, Zane Rhodes, Donyai Taylor; Yorktown, Dylan Sinast.

TAPPS State Meet Qualifiers

Girls

Class 5A: St. Joseph, Maiya Tillman, Tatum Aginer, Meadow Pratka, Grace Hammack, Sydney Partain, Tara Swor, Jayne Eaves, Madison Galvez, Ryan Ward.

Class 3A: Victoria Kraatz, Sadie Bludau, Allie Bludau, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay, Savana Koerth, Ella Harper, Carley Haas.

Class 2A: Shiner St. Paul, Brooke Pesek, Rebecca Wagner, Danni Blair, Julianna Davis, Paige Brown, Grace Irvin, Riley Johnson, Mallory Pokluda, Hope Kapavik, Lauren Kubenka, Jane Twyford, Katherine Ehrig, Halle Pilat, 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Faith Academy, Faith Kucera, 400 relay, 800 relay.

Boys

Class 5A: St. Joseph, Jacoby Robinson, Tavion Varela, J’Den Miller, Nicholas Rodriguez, KeAon Griffin, Caleb Ybarra, Edward Clay, D’Ary Patton, Jacob Bordovsky.

Class 3A: Hallettsville Sacred Heart, Nolan Steffek, Blake Shimek.

Class 2A: Shiner St. Paul, Kai Giese, Kellen Opela, Lane Jackson, Austin Davis, Walker Jackson, Patrick Green, Grant Barta, Zak Johnson, Weston Geiger, Cole Brown, James Fikac, 400 relay, 1600 relay; Faith Academy, Thorbin Briones, 400 relay, 800 relay, 1,600 relay.

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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